Last Monday I had my local CWD rep out to try some saddles on Stampede and have been mulling over it ever since.
The saddle in question is a 17.5″ SE02 with a 4C flap and I became fast friends with it. It seriously is like riding on a cloud. In the end though, this saddle is one of the last things I’m trying to get Stampede going again so his opinion is most important.
I was able to keep it for a bit by writing a check for them to hold so I’ve been riding in it almost every day regardless of the horse involved. It fits P stock (as most saddles do) but will need to be re-paneled for Stamp. The incentive of this demo saddle is that they will re-panel the demo for free and I can get it back in just 2 weeks. Plus it’s slightly cheaper than new new and waiting 10 to 12 weeks.
Regardless, Stampede has shown some improvement at the trot with this saddle. Even when he was a bit spooky on Friday (que guy on scaffolding painting a gazebo while I’m riding alone in the ring) he didn’t get inverted, just a little behind the bit at times. He is actually back to seeking out bit contact. On Wednesday we did the full trot work of the lesson and he never spooked or got cranky at the trot. The canter is still rough but really I don’t expect that to improve yet anyways.
So tomorrow is my last day to try out the saddle and make a decision. Stampede better speak up now if he has any objections!